Professor John Newnham AM


From: Wednesday February 10, 2021, 7:00 am

To: Wednesday February 10, 2021, 8:30 am

In recognition of a life dedicated to saving and improving the lives of women, infants and families, Professor John Newnham, has been named as the 2020 Senior Australian of the Year.

Professor Newnham was recognised along with other national winners as part of the awards ceremony at the National Arboretum in Canberra on the eve of Australia Day 2020.

The scientific arm of The Women and Infants Research Foundation is headed by one of the leading authorities in the prevention of preterm birth, Professor John Newnham AM. Professor John Newnham AM is the 2020 Senior Australian of the Year in recognition for his contributions to the field of obstretrics and pioneering work to prevent preterm birth. 

Professor Newnham was appointed as WIRF’s Executive Director in 1996 and since then has spearheaded the Foundation’s diverse research portfolio.

He is a Professor of Obstetrics at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and is a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is Head of the UWA School of Women’s and Infants’ Health based at King Edward Memorial Hospital; and Head of the newly defined UWA Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, Beijing, and Honorary Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing, China.

During his career John has been awarded a total of $22.445 m in competitive grant support, including 17 NHMRC ($10.812 m) and six NIH (USA, $7.215 m) grants. He has been CIA on most and has taken a leadership role in all of the projects.


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